These ads are asking Delhi residents to celebrate Valentine's Day as parents' day

These ads are asking Delhi residents to celebrate Valentine’s Day as parents’ day

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This week, commuters travelling on Delhi Metro have been greeted by anti-Valentine’s Day posters asking them to observe Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas (Parents Worship Day) on Feb. 14, instead of celebrating love.

While the city’s restaurants and shops are rife with Valentine’s Day promotions, it’s hard to miss these advertisements across over 50 Delhi Metro stations. They belong to the Bal Sanskar Kendra, a religious organisation of the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is currently in prison on charges of sexual assaulting a minor girl. Read more…

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Incredible India: 2,500 women get together on Facebook, create the world's largest crochet blanket

Incredible India: 2,500 women get together on Facebook, create the world’s largest crochet blanket

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Nearly 2,500 women from the Facebook group Mother India’s Crochet Queens came together to break the Guinness World Record for the largest crochet blanket on Jan. 31. The resulting blanket was around 11,148 square metres in size, equivalent of one-and-a-half football fields

Each of the 8,034 blankets that went into making the giant bedspread was made by the group’s 2,472 members. The participants, spread across 14 countries, were between the ages of 6 and 85 years, and kept in touch with each through WhatsApp and Facebook. They restricted themselves to the simple granny square pattern, but some created their own designs. The blankets were then transported to Chennai where they were stitched together. Read more…

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American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son's wedding

American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son’s wedding

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A 60-year-old American woman named Deborah Miller flew halfway across the world to attend her “Facebook son’s” wedding in India. The two had developed a close bond after 28-year-old Krishna Mohan Tripathi befriended Miller four years ago on Facebook.

Tripathi, whose mother had died when he was a teenager, chanced upon Miller’s profile while browsing Facebook. The two kept in touch over the next four years, despite the distance between them — while Tripathi is from a village near the Indian town of Gorakhpur, Miller is a resident of California. When he decided to get married on Jan. 29, he extended an invitation to Miller, who surprised him by flying all the way to India. Read more…

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Mumbai's Deonar landfill fire is so massive that it can be seen from space

Mumbai’s Deonar landfill fire is so massive that it can be seen from space

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Since Jan. 27, the city of Mumbai has been blanketed by thick smog as a result of a continuous mystery fire at its largest landfill in Deonar. The fire is so big that it has even been captured from space by NASA‘s Landsat 8 satellite.

The NASA image shows plumes of smoke rising from the landfill and spreading to the surrounding densely populated areas. As the fires continued to rage, air quality levels plummeted to record low levels in the city, resulting in the closure of over 70 schools. Several residents have been posting photographs of the smog on Twitter. Read more…

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The new British Airways film's real-life story about visiting India is a tear-jerker

The new British Airways film’s real-life story about visiting India is a tear-jerker

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A touching new film released by British Airways follows the real-life story of a cabin crew member Helena Flynn, who is flying to India for the first time. It has been directed by Indian director Neeraj Ghaywan, who’s debut feature film Masaan had won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

The film strikes the right note by focusing on the flight attendant Flynn’s special bond with an elderly Indian woman passenger on the flight. Afterwards, the lady invites her to visit her home in Hyderabad and Flynn shares a meal with her family. The pleasant encounter stays with her, making her fall in love with the counry. Read more…

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India's Supreme Court agrees to start debate on decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377

India’s Supreme Court agrees to start debate on decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377

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India’s Supreme Court has given a ray of hope to India’s LGBT community by agreeing to reopen the debate on the controversial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexuality. The court was hearing a curative petition filed by LGBT activists that challenged its decision upholding the validity of the law in December 2013.

“There are important constitutional questions involved in the issues relating to decriminalising consensual gay sex within the privacy of a house,” the court said, referring the matter to a five-judge constitution bench. The petition, filed by gay rights activists and the NGO Naz Foundation, is the last judicial resort redressing grievances against a court’s verdict. Read more…

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This is how much India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is worth

This is how much India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is worth

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have been ranked as one of the world’s most powerful people, but he only keeps a measly Rs 4,700 ($70) as cash in hand. On the other hand, his total assets are worth Rs 14 million ($20,605), thanks to a residential property in the city of Gandhinagar, whose value has increased by more than 25 times since it was purchased 13 years ago.

According to the new details were disclosed by the Prime Minister’s office, Modi’s assets had increased from Rs 12.6 million ($18,545) to Rs 14 million since August 2014. His cash in hand was just Rs 4,700, a fall from Rs 38,700 ($570) in the last fiscal year. Read more…

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Courageous acid attack survivor becomes the face of a fashion campaign in India

Courageous acid attack survivor becomes the face of a fashion campaign in India

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Acid attack survivor and activist, Laxmi has become the face of a new fashion campaign in India called “Face of Courage,” which challenges social perceptions of physical beauty and attractiveness.

Over a decade ago, Laxmi (who only goes by her first name) was attacked by an older man and his friend, who poured acid on her face and arms after she refused his marriage proposal. She was just 15. The perpetrators were eventually imprisoned, but Laxmi had to undergo expensive medical treatment and several surgeries.

Now 26, she has become an advocate for women affected by acid attacks, a widespread form of gendered violence in India. Her public interest litigation led to a major judgement in 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered restrictions on the sale of acids and higher compensation for victims Read more…

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Indians make the world's largest diaspora population: United Nations

Indians make the world’s largest diaspora population: United Nations

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Indians account for the world’s largest diaspora population, with 16 million people living outside the country. It is followed by Mexico at 12 million, according to a new United Nations (UN) survey.

Conducted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the survey revealed that there were 244 million international migrants in 2015, an increase of 41% as compared to 2000. It also showed that the number of international migrants had grown faster than the world’s population.

However, two-thirds of all international migrants were concentrated in just 20 countries, with the largest being in the United States, which had one-fifth of the world’s total migrants. The US is followed by Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Two-thirds of international migrants were found to be staying in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million) Read more…

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Mumbai Police identifies 'no selfie' zones across the city

Mumbai Police identifies ‘no selfie’ zones across the city

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The Mumbai Police has identified 15 dangerous spots across the city where clicking selfies will be banned. The move comes after two people drowned in the sea in a selfie-related accident.

The ‘no selfie’ zones include some of the city’s most famous seaside attractions, such as Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Bandra Bandstand, the forts at Worli and Bandra, and the beaches at Dadar and Juhu

These spots will soon have signboards warning visitors not to take selfies, along with lifeguards manning the waters. There is no clarity, however, whether people caught clicking selfies in a ‘no selfie’ zone would be fined or not.

Last September, the Maharashtra state government officials had created ‘no selfie zones’ for fear of stampedes at the Kumbh Mela in Nashik, a major pilgrimage that attracts millions of people Read more…

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